Job Overview


When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms -- a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences

The National IMAT responds to different levels of disasters based on various criteria including: scope of impact, geographic size, and extent of required Federal assistance.  Level I disasters represent the highest level with extensive and severe damage.  Damage significantly impacts critical infrastructure, individual residences and businesses which may negatively impact multiple states and/or local economies.  Level I disasters result in a Presidential Declaration and require substantial amounts of Federal assistance.  Level II disasters may cause considerable damage that result in a Presidential Declaration with moderate Federal assistance.  Level III disasters are not as significant in impact and scope.  Level III disasters have minor levels of damage that may result in a Presidential Declaration with low to moderate Federal assistance.

The National IMAT generally responds to Level I disasters or potential Level I disasters that, due to the severity, size, location, actual or potential impacts on public health and welfare, require substantial direct Federal assistance and special teams.  Because of the complexity and extraordinary degree of Federal efforts, Level I disasters require a National IMAT to manage, direct, coordinate, and integrate Federal efforts with the State and local response.  The National IMAT may also respond to Level II and III disasters.

The incumbent is the direct representative of the President, Secretary of Homeland Security, and FEMA Administrator during deployed disaster operations.  When deployed to catastrophic or near catastrophic incidents, the incumbent reports directly to the FEMA Administrator.  During periods when not deployed for disaster response, the incumbent reports to the Director of the Operations Division. 


Serves as the Leader of one of the National Incident Management Assistance Teams. National IMAT have extensive impact on both FEMA and the timely delivery of disaster assistance to disaster survivors, States, and local governments.  The incumbent will generally be designated as the incident Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and, using the resources and capabilities of the National IMAT, will integrate the National IMAT with existing FEMA resources already responding; will expeditiously establish Federal presence at the disaster operations site; will immediately begin to advise and support the State and local Incident Command or Area Command structure; will facilitate an integrated, inter-jurisdictional State and Federal disaster response; and will begin the flow of Federal support and resources as needed.  

The National IMAT Team Leader is responsible for managing the Federal response to a domestic CBRNE incident. As such the Team Leader is responsible for knowing the unique challenges these technical hazards will present, anticipating projected impacts based on the specific hazard, and applying unique response resources to mitigate or address identified challenges. To accomplish these tasks the Team Leader will be required to work within DHS and te Interagency to gain an awareness of available capabilities and participate in deliberate planning efforts to ensure these specialized resources can be effectively integrated into the overall response.  

Coordinates the relationships between Federal, State, local and FEMA personnel in partnership with the State Coordinating Officer (SCO).  Advises the Governor on the status of the Federal response.  Establishes a Joint Field Office (JFO) and coordinates Federal disaster response, recovery and mitigation operations with the SCO.  Provides continuous updates and situational assessments to the FEMA Administrator, the State Director of Emergency Management and/or Homeland Security, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC), the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC), and other officials, as necessary.

Manages media, community and other external relations to communicate the availability of assistance to Members of Congress, to Federal assistance applicants, and to the general public.  Establishes communications links with the media and elected Federal, State, and local officials in accordance with Joint Field Office Standard Operating Procedures and other policies. When deployed, the National IMAT Leader establishes a disaster assistance site to include a Joint Field Office, provides a command structure and The National IMAT Leader coordinates personnel assignments and specific team member issues as the first-level supervisor for the assigned IMAT.  As the Leader of the National IMAT, the incumbent is responsible for all team actions, preparation, and execution.  Integrates activities of State and local governments, activities of Federal agencies and volunteer organizations.  Takes appropriate actions to assure that all Federal agencies are carrying out their appropriate disaster assistance roles under their own legislative authorities and operational policies.  Tasks other agencies to provide lifesaving and other emergency services and to otherwise support disaster operations.  Reviews all related policies, procedures and standard operating procedures to ensure compliance.